Vegetal anti-metaphysics

learning from plants

Michael Marder

pp. 469-489

By denying to vegetal life the core values of autonomy, individualization, self-identity, originality, and essentiality, traditional philosophy not only marginalizes plants but, inadvertently, confers on them a crucial role in the current transvaluation of metaphysical value systems. From the position of absolute exteriority and heteronomy, vegetation accomplishes a living reversal of metaphysical values and points toward the collapse of hierarchical dualisms.

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DOI: 10.1007/s11007-011-9201-x

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Marder, M. (2011). Vegetal anti-metaphysics: learning from plants. Continental Philosophy Review 44 (4), pp. 469-489.

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